My Friend Daniel Weaver Has Opened A New Market (Morris, NY)
My friend Daniel Weaver belongs to a New Order Amish church. You might remember him from the Guardian article “Our faith will be lost if we adopt technology” (which is where this photo comes from).
Daniel just opened a market in his community of Morris (Otsego County) in upstate New York. The Daily Star of Oneonta, NY profiles the new business in a recent article.
Daniel likes to do things big, and this is a pretty big place, with over 4,000 square feet of space:
I took a couple photos last December when I visited on a rainy, chilly day. They were putting the finishing touches on the building at the time.
They had a crew up from Lancaster County that day, to install the cupolas on the roof. Looks like they’re about halfway there in this photo:
What you’ll find in the store
There are no photos yet of what is available in the store, but you can expect quite a selection, which Daniel describes in the article:
- Fresh seasonal organic produce from farms including Daniel’s son Matthew’s farm (heirloom tomatoes & more)
- 10+ kinds of meats (beef & pork; chicken & lamb coming soon)
- 15 types of cheese
- Baked goods from local Amish bakers and others
- Eggs (free-range and non-GMO)
- Local maple syrup, honey, jams, jellies
- Dry food items like beans, pasta, cereals, cookies, crackers, chocolate & more
- Hickory furniture
- Other Amish crafts
- Organic vegetable plants, and hanging baskets
The family has run a market stand for several years, and have built up a nice customer base from that.
The Weaver Family
For a long time Daniel owned Weaver’s Apparel, a Plain clothing wholesaler, doing business in Amish, Mennonite, Hutterite, and even Orthodox Jewish communities across the country. Daniel and his business got to be pretty well-known, especially among people who run variety and clothing stores.
Daniel is from Holmes County, which is where I met him, going on 15 years ago. I knocked on his door one day when I was selling books in his community. Daniel didn’t buy from me that day, but I came away with something more valuable than another customer.
Since then I’ve had the good fortune to attend church and Sunday School in his church district, and have found a place to sleep on more than one occasion. They’ve always made me feel welcome, both the Weavers and other members of their community.
Daniel moved to Morris about four years ago with his wife Iva and their eight children including his eldest son Samuel who is married with a family of his own. It’s a much smaller community and slower pace of life than what they left behind in Holmes County.
The Weavers had a difficult year. They lost their daughter, Dorcas, at age 24 last year to cancer. The one-year anniversary just passed in April. Dorcas left behind a husband and young son.
The family appreciated support from the community at that difficult time: “Many people showed up for the calling hours. They brought food to the home or expressed their sympathy in other ways,” says Daniel.
When I visited Daniel in December, I brought along another good friend from the Lancaster Amish settlement. We had a delicious lunch of venison stew and then visited with some other families in the community, including Daniel’s father Roy.
Roy, who has a love of history, showed us some of his books (Roy was involved in producing the book Songs of the Ausbund, which includes English translations of Ausbund hymns). Later we visited the home of the bishop, where I picked up a bottle of NY maple syrup.
“Our No. 1 goal for the store is to glorify God and have good customer satisfaction,” says Daniel in the article. “It’s about appreciating our customers and taking care of them, with an emphasis on local and on quality.”
New Yorkers, or anyone passing through the area, would do well to stop in at the market and say hello to Daniel and the family. The place has been open just a few weeks. I’m sure they’ll be happy to see you.
Store Address & Hours
Here’s where you’ll find the market and its hours:
Weaver’s Farm Market
1272 East Side Road
Morris, New York 13808
Tues: 9am – 5pm
Wed: 9am – 5pm
Thurs: 9am – 6pm
Fri: 9am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
My friend Daniel Weaver
These folks are a great plus for our area ..(Oneonta,NY,) they bring enthusiasm and hard work to our rural communities. Much success to their new store. Prior to this adventure they had a active farm stand/ market.
James, sounds like you know the Weavers too, neat to hear. It sounds like from what Daniel told me last visit, and the rest I’ve heard, that the farm stand has been a good success. I hope that will translate to a strong customer base for the new place. Have you visited the new store yet?
Beautiful store with enough good pickings to live out of for a person like me. Fortunate people who live there and I wish him and his family great success in the Lord.
Diane just wondering as I wasn’t totally sure by your message, but have you visited the new market yet? I spoke to Daniel about a month ago but just curious to hear from anyone that has been. I’d like to include some photos and more on the store in full “active mode” when I am able to visit it again.
Weavers Amish Store
I have been once to this wonderful store and plan on going back again soon. I liked the variety of items and enjoyed what I did buy. Next visit will be some of the same and to try their peanut butter fudge. I have to say Daniel was very friendly and kind. Asked me if this was my first time and was there for any questions I had. Thank you for bringing your Amish goods to our area.
Happy to hear it Taryn! That sounds like Daniel 🙂
Love Weavers. The store is beautiful. Fresh produce is just that, FRESH! Tomatoes are delish. Fruit pies are scrumptious ( treat myself to one on my ride home). It was in the 90’s the other day, customers couldn’t get over how cool it was (didn’t want to leave).Been going twice a week since it’s grand opening. I enjoy the ride to and fro down the country roads.
This comment made me smile. Can’t wait to go back and see the place in full operation. Great to hear you’re appreciating their market, thanks for sharing Marion!
Still loving Weaver’s Erik!❤️
Happy to hear that! Please say hi to Daniel from me if you’re heading over again soon
Daniel used to buy from us ,ladies handkerchiefs and scarf
maybe you can help me out.
I would like to find out if Daniel is selling ladies and men”s handkerchiefs
anf scarfs in his market.
we used to sell Daniel, please give me his telephone number to find out if he can still use our merchandise.
Hi Isaac, here’s the info about Daniel’s market, via a Google search, hope that helps:
Weaver’s Farm Market
9 Google reviews
Market in Otsego County, New York
Address: 1273 East Side Rd, Morris, NY 13808
Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Tue
Phone: (607) 263-2030